I’m sure the board of directors at HP is hoping this one just blows over. Here’s a hint. It won’t. Until you get rid of Pat. A message MUST be sent that the ends do NOT justify the means.
David Berlind put it well when he asked “how steep will the cost of HP’s dysfunctional family be?”
This is worse than dysfunction. A message MUST be sent to people in power of big companies that privacy is something that they MUST NOT TRODDEN UPON.
Industry analysts are saying that the HP board will suffer little. Um, really? Did you read the front page of the important newspapers this morning?
They are right, usually bloggers and press bite and then release, moving onto the next big story of the day (new Apple stuff coming, for instance).
But, will this time be any different? When will Pat go? That’ll be the day I see that HP has gotten its ethics back in shape. Until then, be prepared. This story is NOT going away.
Certainly California’s Attorney General isn’t letting go. Look at this quote from SFGate: “In this case, clearly a crime has been committed,” he said in an interview. “The question is by whom. How far does the liability extend?”